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Comparison Of Colorado Springs Back Pain Relief Via Opioid Or Spinal Manipulation

“What should I do about my back pain? It’s been going on for so long.”

Sound familiar? It does for many Colorado Springs chronic low back pain sufferers. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR knows  Colorado Springs back pain patients wrestle with this problem. There are many options – rest, exercise, meds, manipulation, chiropractic, medicine, yoga, acupuncture, surgery, etc. – which makes it difficult to choose. Recent studies have looked at the cost, safety, and risk of treatment escalation for patients who choose spinal manipulation first compared with those who choose opioid analgesic treatment first for their chronic low back pain. The results are interesting.

COSTS OF OPIOID VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Chronic low back pain is a costly condition, but just how costly is it? A review of Medicare health spendings for long-term care of chronic low back pain assessed the costs of opioid analgesic treatment versus those for spinal manipulation therapy. There were 28,160 participants aged 65-84 years old. 77% began with opioid therapy for their chronic low back pain. 23% started with SMT. The long-term expenses for opioid-therapy patients were 58% lower, but long-term overall healthcare expenses were 1.87 times higher for those same opioid patients. (1) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR follows a system of Colorado Springs chiropractic treatment frequency guided by the 50% Rule looking for 50% relief of pain within a month with more visits initially and fewer as the pain reduces.

SAFETY OF OPIOIDS VS SMT FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Cost is one thing. What about safety? A review of patient files of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 84 with chronic low back pain for 5 years studied the long-term safety of two common treatment options for chronic low back pain: opioid analgesic therapy and spinal manipulation therapy. The researchers studied a variety of patient records: patients who only received spinal manipulation, only received opioids, started with opioids then had spinal manipulation, and began with spinal manipulation then supplemented with opioids. What did they discover? The risk of adverse drug events was substantially higher – 42 times higher - for patients who started with opioid therapy initially for their chronic back pain than those who began with spinal manipulation. (2) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR uses the well research-documented, safe, gentle protocols of Cox® Technic.

ESCALATION OF CARE RISK FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN MEDICARE PATIENTS

Research documents another important factor in back pain treatment: how well does a treatment keep a patient from having to undergo more complex treatment? A third review of Medicare patient data looked at escalation of care risk – hospital stays, emergency room visits, imaging, back surgery, pain med interventions, and other types of encounters for potential complications of chronic low back pain – in long-term chronic low back pain care patients who began with opioid analgesic therapy or spinal manipulation therapy. Commencing care with spinal manipulation therapy was associated with reduced rates of escalation of care. The rate of escalated care encounters was 2.5 times higher for opioid care patients. (3) The use of Cox® Technic at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR minimizes the need for escalated care while carefully monitoring each patient for any signs that such may be helpful or needed.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nike Taylor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes treatment of chronic low back pain with the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment today. Whether the answer to the question of “what should I do about my back pain?” was opioid treatment or other care, spinal manipulation at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR may well be your next (or your initial if you are just beginning the search for help) treatment that will help you attain the back pain relief you want in a cost-effective, safe way. 

 
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR presents new comparison studies of the safety, cost, and effectiveness in reducing the risk of further care of chronic low back pain: opioid vs spinal manipulation treatments. 
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